How Do You Find Your Blog Niche?

Every blogger needs to find their niche, an area to hone and pull in their target readership. Finding that niche is not always easy. I have been trying to find my niche for several months. Here are four things I have discovered along the way. ...more
Blonde with a Silver Lining  Glad it was a good reminder for you and it is wonderful you have ...more

who's my tribe? an exercise

I've been reading a lot lately about tribes. Not the Native American kind (I have one but we lost touch over the past few generations), but the kind that I belong to as a writer.I don't want to write just for fun. I write for fun and satisfaction, true. But I also want to be read. I want to write about things that matter to other people, things they want to read. I want to influence people, make them think, make them laugh, make change in the world. To me, that is success. ...more

How I Tell My Story

My voice. Everyone is busy searching for their voice right now, pouring over their words, choosing the ones that said something this year and hoping that they spoke to the heart of their audience. I did it too; I took a journey through my words and realized that my voice was missing. ...more
@Kirsten Piccini  Hi Kirsten, I literally started blogging the day that I read your words. I ...more

The fear of finding your voice

Over the past week or so I've appreciated reading several great posts by some of my fellow bloggers, all centred around or touching on the theme of finding, accepting, not second-guessing, and developing our own individual voice as expressed through our writing. Some examples of these fine posts: ...more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Thank you, Robin! :)more

The Sun and the Shadow

“There falls a shadow between the conception and the creation.” T.S. EliotWhen I first read this quote, it stopped me in my tracks.The idea that conceiving something and creating something are mutually exclusive, was troubling to me. Because it’s true.I always wanted to be a news reporter.  I was great on camera and a great writer.  So I took some classes, applied to some stations and got rejected.  So I gave up. ...more
I'm just finished reading "The Shadow Effect" the one thing that struck me is that we all have ...more

The Sun and the Shadow

“There falls a shadow between the conception and the creation.” T.S. EliotWhen I first read this quote, it stopped me in my tracks.The idea that conceiving something and creating something are mutually exclusive, was troubling to me. Because it’s true.I always wanted to be a news reporter.  I was great on camera and a great writer.  So I took some classes, applied to some stations and got rejected.  So I gave up. ...more

A Bloggers Anniversary

It was one year ago when I started blogging.My initial concern with my Esteem Rising blog was the exposure to so many people and how to maintain my professional image while dispensing personal opinions. Early on my friend and colleague mentioned about "finding your voice," as every blogger has their unique style represented in their posts. I'm not sure if I have found "my voice", I think so...though I can't quite put my finger on it.I do know that I have posted less material that would address my professional knowledge as it pertains to careers and concentrated mainly on interests. I admit sometimes I hold back in my posts. In my professional life I'm contemplative, I like to think before I speak. I have a vast amount of information but fall heavily back on my counselling skills to hear the story before providing counsel. My approach is supportive and non-judgmental and I truly assess what is in the best interest of my clients or students. My blogging and writing is at times all together different!...more

Are you tired of worrying what your date thinks of you?

When I talk to my clients they often say they don’t like dating because they feel awkward. They’d rather do laundry than date. One client mentioned that it feels like being back in High School. I remember in High School often worrying what my date was thinking. Was I cool enough? Was I smart enough? Was I saying the right things? It was exhausting, kinda like climbing Mount Everest without the right gear. ...more

The "Give A Girl A Microphone" Initiative

I think I’m going to start a new initiative (is that redundant?). I’m going to call it “Give a Girl a Microphone”, cause I have to tell you, I have seen a lot of girls find their power when they’re given a mic. I have a theory that it has something to do with the fact that even though you know your voice is amplified, you really can’t hear it because the speakers are facing away from you. It almost gives you a feeling of anonymity - knowing that you can be heard, but still able to sort of hide that from yourself. ...more
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